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Goodbye, good men : how liberals brought corruption into the Catholic Church
Rose, Michael S., 1969-
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Washington, DC : Regnery Pub. ; Lanham, MD : Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, [2002]

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xii, 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A man-made crisis : why Archbishop Curtiss said the priest shortage is "artificial and contrived" -- Stifling the call : how for some men the road to ordination is cut short before it really begins -- The gatekeeper phenomenon : how good men are often screened out during the seminary application process -- The gay subculture : how homosexual politics discriminates against healthy, heterosexual seminarians -- The heterodoxy downer : how false teaching demoralizes and discourages the aspiring priest -- Pooh-poohing piety : how traditional expressions of the faith often disqualify the Orthodox seminarian -- Go see the shrink! : how psychological counseling is used to expel the good man from his seminary -- The vocational inquisition : how the Orthodox seminarian is identified and persecuted -- Confronting the obstacles : one good man traces his tortuous route to ordination -- Heads in the sand : how complaints about the poor state of seminaries have gone unanswered -- A self-fulfilling prophecy : how a death wish for the male, celibate priesthood created an artificial priest shortage -- The right stuff : how to live up to the church's expectations for seminary life -- Where the men are : why orthodoxy begets vocations (or, How to learn from successful dioceses and seminaries).
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Goodbye, Good Men uncovers how radical liberalism has infiltrated the Catholic Church, overthrowing traditional beliefs, standards, and disciplines.

Author Notes

Michael S. Rose is the author of two previous books: Ugly As Sin and The Renovation Manipulation. As an investigative reporter and editorialist he has illuminated a number of highly controversial issues in contemporary Catholicism.

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Library Journal Review

Written shortly before the current scandal broke upon the Roman Catholic Church, Rose's book seems almost prophetic as he documents the systematic rejection of pious, orthodox seminary applicants in many dioceses and the encouragement of questionable attitudes and agendas. Rose (Ugly As Sin), who was editor of St. Catherine Review for seven years, is the author of numerous articles, essays, and books that question the wisdom of contemporary liberal Catholicism. Here, he discusses the causes of the chronic priest shortage, including the misuse of psychological screening and what appears to be blatant discrimination against the kind of young men who were once considered ideal candidates for the vocation. He gives a disturbing glimpse behind the scenes that may go far in explaining the church's present difficulties. Based primarily on interviews, the book is carefully footnoted and contains a bibliography of sources cited and consulted. Highly recommended for anyone interested in this prominent topic, and for public and academic libraries. [This book was briefly available in paperback from Aquinas Publishing in spring 2002 with a different subtitle and foreword; this hardcover edition is the only one currently available. Ed.] C. Robert Nixon, MLS, Lafayette, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Chapter 1 A Man-Made Crisis: Why Archbishop Curtiss Said the Priest Shortage Is "Artificial and Contrived"p. 1
Chapter 2 Stifling the Call: How for Some Men the Road to Ordination Is Cut Short Before It Really Beginsp. 13
Chapter 3 The Gatekeeper Phenomenon: How Good Men Are Often Screened Out During the Seminary Application Processp. 27
Chapter 4 The Gay Subculture: How Homosexual Politics Discriminates Against Healthy, Heterosexual Seminariansp. 55
Chapter 5 The Heterodoxy Downer: How False Teaching Demoralizes and Discourages the Aspiring Priestp. 89
Chapter 6 Pooh-Poohing Piety: How Traditional Expressions of the Faith Often Disqualify the Orthodox Seminarianp. 117
Chapter 7 Go See the Shrink! How Psychological Counseling Is Used to Expel the Good Man from His Seminaryp. 129
Chapter 8 The Vocational Inquisition: How the Orthodox Seminarian Is Identified and Persecutedp. 145
Chapter 9 Confronting the Obstacles: One Good Man Traces His Tortuous Route to Ordinationp. 159
Chapter 10 Heads in the Sand: How Complaints about the Poor State of Seminaries Have Gone Unansweredp. 177
Chapter 11 A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: How a Death Wish for the Male, Celibate Priesthood Created an Artificial Priest Shortagep. 191
Chapter 12 The Right Stuff: How to Live Up to the Church's Expectations for Seminary Lifep. 217
Chapter 13 Where the Men Are: Why Orthodoxy Begets Vocations (or, How to Learn from Successful Dioceses and Seminaries)p. 233
Notesp. 247
Indexp. 265